Governor's Council Encourages Community Participation at Local Event

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OAK PARK MI (02/09/2011)(readMedia)-- The Fight For Air Climb at Detroit's Renaissance Center has been recognized as a quality physical activity event by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness.

The American Lung Association in Michigan is hosting its fifth annual Fight For Air Climb in Detroit and they're looking for hundreds of participants to help them fight for air.

On Sunday March 6th, climbers, walkers, runners and supporters of the American Lung Association will climb the Renaissance Center. Participants will challenge themselves to climb 70 floors (1,035 stairs) while raising money to help support the fight against lung disease. Climbers also have the option of participating in the 40 floor (585 stairs) Half Climb.

The goal of the event is to raise $140,000 to support lung health research, education and advocacy in Michigan.

The Governor's Council endorses local, regional and state events to acknowledge an organization's ability to plan and carry out a quality event that significantly contributes to the health and well-being of Michigan residents. The Fight for Air Climb exemplifies this core value and is endorsed by the Governor's Council.

"By endorsing local events all across the state, we hope to bring attention to the importance of physical activity and encourage our citizens to take responsibility for their health," said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Governor's Council. "These local events can have a tremendous impact on health care costs that present a significant challenge for our state's economy."

In order to become an endorsed event, an organization must complete an application form for review. Some criteria that is taken into consideration includes providing a positive, safe physical activity experience using qualified officials and benefiting a nonprofit or charitable organization.

For more information about the Governor's Council's endorsement program, please visit For more information on the climb, visit or call 1-800-LUNG-USA to speak to your local office.